John Masters
1927 - 2011
Masters, John, John Alan Masters passed away on Tuesday, September 21, 2011. He was 84. John was born September 20, 1927 in Shenandoah, Iowa. He graduated from Yale University in 1948 and achieved a M.Sc. in Geology from the University of Colorado in 1951. He worked two years with the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, twenty years with Kerr-McGee Corporation, and twenty-one years as President of Canadian Hunter Exploration, Ltd. John was one of the last great oilmen; he never retired.
He dedicated his life to the pursuit of the hidden treasures of the earth. In 1955, John discovered Ambrosia Lake which was, at the time, the largest uranium deposit in the world. He also was responsible for the discovery of important oil fields in Arizona and the Gulf of Mexico. In 1976, he led Canadian Hunter to the discovery of Elmworth, the largest gas field in Canada. For his contributions to science, John was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the first ever Stanley E. Slipper Award of the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists for outstanding petroleum exploration, and the Outstanding Explorer Award in 2009 from the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists.
While John achieved much, he loved more. He is survived by his devoted wife, Lenora, and his children Chuck, Barbara, Robbie, and Jimmy; and predeceased by his beloved son, Alan. He was an avid outdoorsman, most alive skiing in the mountains or captaining a sailboat. #160;
A memorial will be held at New Covenant Christian Church in Larkspur, Colorado on Thursday, September 29 at 11:00AM. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Kanakuk Kamps, 1353 Lakeshore Drive, Branson, MO 65616.

Published by Denver Post on Sep. 27, 2011.
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Dear Lenora and family,

It is with regret that I have heard of John's passing. John was a great mentor to me in building our oil company and horizontal drilling. My thoughts are with you.
Mary Tidlund
February 1, 2012
it was with deep regret that I read of John's passing on September 21st. 2011.Having served as a consultant for John in California in the 1980's. He was not only a a farseeing oil finder but a perfect gentleman. Grant Valentine Olympia, Washington
Grant Valentine
November 28, 2011
Dearest Lenora and family.

I had the privledge to work for John at CHEL and such an experience. Looking back my Hunter experience has made me the person I am today and I thank John for the lessons. For John Masters was a man with vision and integrity. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.
Harjeet Jugdev
October 9, 2011
John was one like no other. He, along with Jim, built an amazing company that felt more like family than a work environment. I am so proud to say I worked at Canadian Hunter. Thank you, John, for your vision, optimism, and respect.
May your family find comfort in the wonderful memories.
Sheila Walstra
October 4, 2011
We are deeply sorry to hear about John Masters. Our taughts and pray for the family at a difficult time. Magda and John vanStaden
October 3, 2011
We're so very sorry to hear of John's passing. I had the privilege of working right outside his door, experiencing his creative brilliance, his determination and his unsurpassed generosity. Our sincerest condolences to everyone in the Masters family.
Patti and Jay Donaldson
October 1, 2011
John Masters was a visionary - a great man who had a huge influence on the lives of many people, including my own. I will always treasure what he taught me and what I am because of his profound and creative way of thinking. Lenora and family, my heart goes out to you for your loss.
David Sturrock
October 1, 2011
Dear Lenora and Family,
What sad news to hear of John's passing. I will always remember him and be thankful for the many years of being part of the Canadian Hunter Family. My time spent there is still a big chapter in my life. My heart felt thoughts are with you and your family.
Hazel Boyd
September 30, 2011
We are truly sorry to hear about John's passing. Our sympathies goes to the family for their loss. John was a true friend and I will never forget all that he and Lenora did for me from the day I started as a Nanny in their house in Calgary and through the years.
Our prayers are with you all at this difficult time.
Love and blessings.
Birthe Jensen and Family, Saskatchewan, Canada
September 29, 2011
To Lenora and the Master's family - Please accept my deepest sympathies on the passing of your husband and father. John (and Jim) built such a wonderful company with vision, creativity and spirit. Those of us who worked as a "Hunter" were truly proud to be a part of this company. Thank you, John, may you rest in peace.
Janelle Davidson
September 29, 2011
It is with sadness that we learned of John's passing. Our sincere sympathy is extended to Lenora and the family. We were very grateful to see him at the Hunter Reunion. John and Jim were a great team and all of us who worked for them were the beneficiaries of their success. John will be missed.
Ruth Nixon
September 29, 2011
John Masters- an amazing man and my boss for many years. John was a great explorationist, a true visionary and a unique person who was so often way ahead of his time. John's discovery of Elmworth and the Deep Basin was inspired, revolutionary and remarkably innovative, and changed the world of exploration. Yet despite his enormous success, he was a kind and generous man who touched the lives of many. We will always remember, respect and appreciate the influence he had on our industry and our lives.
Mike and Cindy Downey
September 28, 2011
How very sad to hear the news of John's passing. He was truly an inspiration and I feel so fortunate that I was able to be part of his Hunter family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Janice & Dave Larson
September 28, 2011
Our deepest sympathy to Lenora and Johns family. Johns eternal optimism and positive spirit inspired and empowered many people he touched, including myself and Marilyn. I will treasure the impact and influence he had on my life and always consider it a great honour to have known him and worked for him.
Doug Hayden
September 28, 2011
Our deepest sympathy to Lenora and family. John was a brilliant visionary who had a profound impact on the careers of a generation of oil/gas professionals, including Barb and Myself. We are eternally grateful for his influence. He will be sadly missed.
Steve and Barb Stretch
September 28, 2011
So very sorry to hear about John's passing. Our deepest sympathies to Lenora and the Masters family. We are among the many who's lives were enriched by John's creativity and determination, his warmth and generosity, and of course his great spirit of discovery. We will always be greatful for that privilege.
Don and Sue Myers
September 28, 2011
Deeply saddened to learn of John's passing, and sincere condolences to Lenora and family!! Like so many, John gave me my start in the oil and gas business, and had the good fortune to work across the hall from him. His enthusiam and knowledge remain unparalleled and as a fellow geoscientist, I've long considered him a hero of mine!!
Greg Kaiser
September 28, 2011
Darling Lenora, I am so sorry to hear that John has passed away. He was so very fine, and always such a gracious man.
I love you my friend.
Carolyn Sandstrom
September 27, 2011
I was so sorry to hear of John's passing. We are all going to miss John. May I share your sorrow at this time. Please know my thoughts are with you and your family.

Audrey McArthur (nee Newcommon), Calgary, Ab.
September 27, 2011
My deepest sympathy to everyone in the Master family. John was a unique individual. I am eternally grateful to John for thinking I was a good fit for Hunter. Working at Hunter was very special and has changed my life. My thoughts and prayers with you all at this time.
Suzanne McInnes
September 27, 2011
My sincere condolences to the Masters family on the lost of a husband and father. It was a privilege to have worked for Canhunter and John.
Sharon Baker
September 27, 2011
May memories of John comfort your family. May it also bring comfort to know that others share your loss.
Barry & Wendy Stutsky
September 27, 2011
To the Masters family, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. My family & I still look back with fondness, remembering the Canadian Hunter family that I was privileged to be a part of. John (& Jim) created a wonderful place to work, and there was nothing else like it. John had a unique way of spotting talent in people, challenging and encouraging them to take on whatever they thought they could handle, and to never give up trying. My memories of John, and all the dear folks at Canadian Hunter, will always be treasured. I deeply respect him for the opportunities he provided for all of us.
Ray Wahler
September 27, 2011
I was thinking of John the other day in London when I saw Dick Walls at an energy conference. We were both commenting on how John was our mentor. I will treasure the philosophy that he instilled within me to become a better explorationist. John will be missed but he left an indelible mark on the world.
Rod Christensen
September 27, 2011
Dear Lenora,
Rose Mary and I send you our sympathy and prayers. We recall fondly many happy memories. We know you will come through this with the support of your family and friends.
Gordon Brown
September 27, 2011
Thank you John (and Jim) for having the vision to create such a great company as CHEL. It was such a pleasure and honor to work (and play) at Hunter. To Lenora and family, I hope all your wonderful memories help you through this difficult time and into the future.
Debbie Pypers (ex-Reid)
September 27, 2011
So very sorry to hear of John's passing. He was such an inspiration to work with. We hope your wonderful memories of John will help you through this difficult time.
Rhonda Cleveland (nee Hellevang)
September 27, 2011
Dear Lenora & Family, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. I feel so privileged to have been a part of your home & family - from babysitter to a CHEL employee. John took a keen interest in the lives of each of his employees. This made it so great to work for him. He made everyone, no matter what their position, feel valued and cared for. So much of where I am today in my career I owe to John. His impact on so many is so far reaching. I thank God for his life. May this be a time of celebration and reflection of a very special person. Blessings!
Carolyn Hall (nee Proppe)
September 26, 2011
Our sincere sympathy to Lenora and family. My years at Canadian Hunter were the best. John was the most enthusiastic and optimistic guy I ever met.
Paris & Liz Hill (Vancouver, BC)
September 26, 2011
John was a man who treated his subordinates with respect and kindness. I will always be grateful to him for the opportunity to work for both Canadian and American Hunter Exploration, an amazing group of people! I have so many great memories of John and would like to extend our heartfelt sympathy to his family.

Brenda & Jeff Reid
Brenda Reid
September 26, 2011
I am truly sorry for your loss. John had a significant impact on both my professional career as well as my personal development during my many years at Canadian Hunter. He was a charismatic gentleman and very generous to the community. Sincerely,
Sylvie Boivin
September 26, 2011
John was one of those unique individuals that achieved so much in life but was always willing to share with others. He was a very special person to all of us that worked and played at Hunter and never will be forgotten. I know that all of us were energized by his enthusiasm for life and his quest for finding oil and gas. John, we bid you farewell and thank you for all the fond memories. Lenora, our thoughts and prayers are with you and family in the days ahead.

Ken and Judy Smallwood
Kenneth Smallwood
September 26, 2011
Our sympathies to the family on the passing of John. He was a dynamic man who affected many of our lives by starting a unique company like Canadian Hunter. It was quite the ride and it felt good to be part of it.
Jim & Bea Wallace
Jim Wallace
September 26, 2011
I'm very sorry for your loss. Always remember the good times and take comfort in the fact that God loves you and is holding you close during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Toni Carter
Toni Carter
September 26, 2011
Many years ago, John declared that Canadian Hunter was the best company to work for. He was right. Between he and Jim they created a company that was a leader in terms of exploration and innovation and definately ahead of it's time. John's passion for exploration was felt throughout the company. He will be remembered and missed.
Shelley Moore
September 26, 2011
Gone but never forgotten. With sadness we say farewell to a man who changed numerous lives and the Canadian Oilpatch forever.
It was a honor being chosen to work for such a unique company under Johns direction. Will never forget the Hunter years.
Thoughts & prayers are with family.
Greg Reid
September 26, 2011
We were so sorry to hear about John's passing. Our prayers are with you at this time. Sincerely and with love,

June Blaquiere & Bill Matuska
June Blaquiere
September 25, 2011
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